As workers across the country continue to battle for their civil and healthcare rights against increasingly tyrannical state mandates, healthcare workers in New York were thrown an important lifeline on Tuesday.
A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction against the vaccine mandates for healthcare workers in New York state. The injunction only covers religious exemptions, allowing for healthcare staff to reject the vaccine mandate on religious grounds after it was revealed that fetal cell lines were used in the development of the vaccines.
Workers had been required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 27th.
The health care workers protesting the vaccine mandate objected to being forced to take vaccines that used fetal cell lines from procured abortions. A New York state health official confirmed in an affidavit that fetal cell lines were used in the testing and production of current COVID-19 vaccines.
Seventeen health care workers sued last month, objecting to the state Department of Health’s vaccine mandate, which didn’t allow for religious exemptions.
According to state records, about 92% of healthcare workers in New York have already been vaccinated. That is a lot of people, well beyond the threshold for “herd immunity.” Yet Governor Kathy Hochul insists on following through to a 100% vaccination rate.
“I stand behind this mandate, and I will fight this decision in court to keep New Yorkers safe.”
It is terribly disturbing that the goal posts have been moved to 100% vaccination. At a certain point, it is no longer about health and instead it is about the exercise of power and control. What other explanation could there be for the complete about-face made by the political elite in the last six months when it comes to healthcare workers. At one point, people were comparing healthcare employees to Jesus, or superheroes. Now all those people who served the ill through the pandemic but have decided they don’t wish to take a vaccine are villains.
Thomas Ferrara was lead counsel for the plaintiffs, and said they were COVID heroes who were treated unfairly.
“Suddenly, however, with this absurd mandate they were treated as Typhoid Mary, disease-carrying villains, fired overnight for wanting to do exactly what they did before — handle the patients, care for the sick, cure diseases with necessary protective equipment,” Ferrara said.
No consideration is being given to the fact that many of them are already inoculated to COVID through repeat exposures, and many have already contracted and recovered from the virus. They have more antibodies through natural immunity than the vaccine could help them with.
And yet, the political elites persist. Something is rotten in the state of New York.
The judge who issued the order admitted that the state would most likely appeal the decision right away, but there’s no word on when one might be filed. For now, New York state health workers may avail themselves of their constitutional right to religious exemptions from any state medical mandates.
Let’s hope this is just the beginning.